STAXTON consolidated pole position in the Scarborough Evening News first division with a 3-2 home victory against Star.
The result sees Staxton extend their lead at the top of the table to five points following their sixth win in six league outings.
Rob Pinder scored the only goal of an even first period and Staxton went into half-time a goal to the good.
Star began the second half strongly and they drew level when player-boss Mark Barber surged through on goal and calmy finished past Staxton keeper Steve Ganney.
The game was then turned completely on its head when Barber grabbed his second to put the visitors in front after 70 minutes.
Chris Stubbings picked the ball up deep inside his own half and ran at Staxton’s defence before releasing Barber, who once again kept a cool head when one on one with Ganney and slotted the ball home for 2-1.
Staxton fought back and were awarded a penalty when Scott North was adjudged to have committed a foul in his own area. Rob Pinder smashed home the resulting spot-kick to tie the scores at 2-2.
With the game back level, both sides pushed for a winner but it was Staxton who edged in front thanks to another spot-kick from Pinder, who completed his hat-trick after Anthony Pickles was penalised.
Just as it looked like Staxton had done enough to take the three points, Star were awarded a penalty of their own and Barber stepped up to attempt to emulate Pinder’s success from the spot and register a hat-trick of his own.
However, Staxton keeper Ganney had other ideas and produced an outstanding save to deny Barber and maintain the home side’s slim advantage.
Dale Wain was Staxton’s man of the match after an impressive performance in the heart of their defence.
Wain was pushed close for the man of the match award by goalkeeper Ganney who not only saved a penalty but also pulled of a number of other excellent stops.
Star’s Sean Kelly was in great form in the centre of midfield but it was not enough to end his side’s losing run which now extends to four games.